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PETA deems Angel’s Gate a “hellhole”

(WARNING: The contents of this video are disturbing.)

Angel’s Gate — an animal sanctuary you may have seen Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Ray sing the praises of — bills itself as a non-profit organization that cares for disabled, abused and abandoned animals, providing them a place to live out their years in dignity and comfort while receiving holistic treatment and spiritual support.

PETA — hold the harp music — calls it “a chaotic hellhole.”

The hospice and rehabilitation center in Delhi, New York — founded and operated by Susan Marino — takes in “special needs animals” from all over the U.S., and provides for them through donations from the public. Marino promises both donors and people who send her animals that animals will “live out their days in peace, dignity and love.”

PETA says photos and video from its investigation show “Angel’s Gate was a chaotic hellhole where animals whose conditions required special, individualized, round-the-clock care were deprived of basic necessities and quality of life.”

PETA’s undercover investigator, posing as a volunteer, documented paralyzed animals dragging themselves until they developed bleeding wounds; animals kept in the same diaper for up to two days until they suffered urine scald; dehydrated animals denied access to water; animals confined to crates, bathrooms, cribs and a bathtub; animals denied treatment for pain, seizures, tumors, open wounds, respiratory infections, eye infections, ear infections, and mouth, gum and skin infections; and crowded conditions so stressful that fights broke out daily.

Despite claiming to provide “hospice care” and “rehabilitation” to hundreds of animals, Angel’s Gate does not have a veterinarian on staff and most animals were denied veterinary care for a variety of ailments, from simple to terminal, PETA reports.

Among the investigator’s findings:

  • An elderly Chihuahua named Malcolm, sent there from Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn, suffered for about two weeks before he finally died — anemic, lethargic, thin, dehydrated, and unable to balance, walk, or even eat.
  • Medications that had been prescribed for Shifty, a bulldog suffering from seizures, and Tucker, a dog with hydrocephalus, was untouched almost a week after a veterinarian had dispensed them.
  • A miniature horse named Mimi was denied veterinary care for respiratory distress for days before she finally died. More than four months after Mimi’s death, Marino still solicited sponsorship donations for Mimi’s care on the Angel’s Gate website.

Angel’s Gate, like any facility that houses the sick, terminally ill and handicapped — be they dogs or humans — is bound to have messy moments and daily disasters. But the investigator’s video goes a long way toward documenting that, whatever love Angel’s Gate may, as it promises, be providing, “peace and dignity” are far from ever-present.

Some of PETA’s findings may have been judgment calls: “Horribly suffering animals on death’s door were deprived of the dignity and relief of euthanasia.”

Others clearly were not: “The bodies of dead animals were left out for days among live animals. Animals were fed rancid, raw meat that had been left unrefrigerated.”

PETA says that in 2004, the IRS listed Angel’s Gate as an organization that failed to establish its status as a public charity, and in 2010, it was listed by the IRS as being at risk of having its charity status revoked.

Marino, PETA points out, has been featured positively on national TV, prompting public donations — one lottery winner apparently sent $50,000 — and what PETA says is the “false impression” that Angel’s Gate is a good place for animals.

PETA has turned over evidence gathered by its investigator to Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr., and it is asking its members and others to urge his office to file animal cruelty charges against Marino.

Comments

Comment from Julia
Time September 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I am a huge supporter of Susan and AG. PETA is an awful organization of animal killers who do not care about ‘animals’. Susan is amazing, compassionate and loving. She has given a place for these animals no one wants and for PETA to turn around and take it away from the animals is appauling.

We too have walked it, it was clean, amazing and well cared for by all volunteers. It was a loving place for the animals.

Yes Susan was charged with drug possession.. she has drugs for the animals. She has to keep them on hand.

Our group gave Susan a cat that was in one of PETA’s videos. They claimed it was abused, in terrible condition and more. The cat was brought there for a skin condition, he was FIV and he was undergoing skin graphs (that Angels Gate paid for in order to help him). He was brought there as a known hospice. That cat was extremely well cared for by Susan. PETA totally lied about his condition.

I hope Susan can get through this and continue her amazing work!

Comment from Jeff
Time September 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

PETA is the world’s largest killer of companion animals….with a multimillion dollar budget, and yet they “save” almost no animals. They “rescue” thousands, then kill them for all kinds of trumped up reasons….this entire thing is a sham….and the owner needs to get a good lawyer and sue those a..holes for their millions…if they get their hands on any of these animals they are toast….maybe already are…PETA needs to be euthanized….I repeat PETA KILLS animals….Don’t believe it? Take time and do some research on the THOUSANDS of documented cases of animals they kill every year…

Comment from K
Time October 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Seriously? These allegations from the same folks who think pornography is a good way to promote animal welfare? The same group who is loony enough to declare the children’s video game “pokemon” promotes animal abuse (http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2012/10/08/peta-pokemon-animal-abuse/)

Need more proof? Go file a Freedom of Information Act request in the state of VA. They operate a slaughterhouse/euthanasia clinic in the Norfolk VA area are under the guise of a “shelter”. Ms Nachminovich was herself investigated by the VA Dept of Ag wouldn’t you know…. http://www.petakillsanimals.com/investigation/

Heck, PETA doesnt even meet its own published guidelines for a good animal shelter (http://web.archive.org/web/20100324223222/http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=40)

Anyone who thinks PETA has any credibility whatsoever to comment on animal cruelty or the proper medical care/rehab of special need hospice animals should get a reality check — FAST!

Comment from Anti-Berman
Time October 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

OMG! PETA SAID SOMETHING! AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE TRUE!
So while you all defended Angel’s Gate simply because you hate PETA so much, PETA investigated and found enough evidence for a cruelty conviction.
I do not and have never supported PETA financially, but I do know that Rick Berman is the propagandist for anti-PETA movement and that he represents the interest of puppy millers, so when I see something such as “ZOMG! PETA KILLS ANIMALS!” I take the time to look into it. PETA owns no shelters (a frequent piece of propaganda b.s.). However they do provide for the humane euthansia of animals in gassing (and worse) shelters. Thus the large number of animals “killed by PETA.” While you all would let the dogs die slowly over 10 to 20 minutes in terror by suffocation, simply to adhere to the principle of “no kill” (oh, the irony!), they are doing something to alleviate the suffering of the dogs in those final moments.

Comment from Anti-Berman
Time October 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

And a link about the man himself:
http://www.bermanexposed.org/broadcast-clips

Comment from Jenna
Time November 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I actually saw this place, not all of it, but enough to know this was not a good place. I cannot believe the charges were dismissed!! I saved a dog from here and she ended up having very serious problems that could have been taken care of right from the beginning with some vigilance and vet visits she would have been fine. But now she will have certain medical issues for life. She is not nearly as bad as some of the animals I saw there though. Susan should not be able to have animals ever again!!

Comment from Cory
Time December 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I’ve known Susan Marino since about 2000 or 2001. I had read about the hydrotherapy she offered for dogs. I brought my dog there for hydrotherapy, expecting to be charged several hundred dollars for a one-on-one session. Susan took Evy in the warm pool for at least 45 minutes. My dog was so relaxed she fell asleep in Susan’s arms. The fee was $75 or $85. We were invited to stay for a delicious home-cooked meal by Susan and Victor.
My sister and I visited Susan and Victor at Angel’s Gate many times. I’ve been out of touch for quite a while, as I had no money to contribute. Susan always said that her goal was “better, not bigger”. But fund-raising brought her to Oprah’s attention. The only fault I could find with Susan’s operation was that she couldn’t keep up with the demand.
Sick animals are sick. I never saw anyone at Angel’s Gate treat animals with anything less than love and respect. I wish I had known of this controvesary – I would have raised my voice. Who is taking care of the animals now?

Comment from Tom
Time December 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

PETA got its big start by lying about the conditions that they found at Edward Taub’s laboratory, that Alex Pacheco had set up. It has become worse since then because lying works for them and profits them.

Comment from Tom
Time December 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

There is no such thing as a PETA “investigator,” either. PETA is incapable of such things. PETA thinks that our animals are better off dead, so PETA is incapable.

Comment from Wowzers
Time August 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

People Eating Tasty Animals: Uncompassionate losers for animals since 1980

Comment from VT CJ
Time April 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU BERNIE !! AND THE OTHER PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN ON HERE THAT SUPPORT ANGELS GATE !!
PETA HAS ALWAYS HAD A HIDDEN AGENDA AND AFTER WATCHING THE ENTIRE VIDEO THERE IS NO ABUSE FOUND OR NEGLECT IN THIS VIDEO !!
PETA WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL ANIMALS DEAD AND THEY HAVE STATED THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN PUBLICLY !!! PETA HAS THE HIGHEST KILL RATE OF ALL SO CALLED “HUMANE” ORGS !!
PETA LIKES TO GO AFTER THE BIG RESCUE/SANCTUARY, ANIMAL HOSPICE GROUPS SO THAT THEY CAN GET $$$$$ ITS ALL ABOUT THE CHA CHING $$$$$ WITH PETA !!!
ANOTHER PETA FAVORITE IS TO CONFISCATE AN ANIMAL FROM A FAKE ABUSE SITUATION AND POST THAT ANIMAL ON ITS WEBSITE BEGGING FOR DONATIONS MEANWHILE THAT ANIMAL WAS MURDERED BY PETA MEMBERS SHORTLY AFTER IT ARRIVED AT PETAS SO CALLED “SHELTER”
PETA NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED AND SHUT DOWN !!! PETA = PEOPLE EXTERMINATING THE ANIMALS.

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